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Mike Trout bought every Eagles player a pair of Nikes

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Angels outfielder and reigning AL MVP Mike Trout grew up in southern New Jersey. As such, he grew up a fan of the Philadelphia Eagles and is still a huge fan. In fact, he’s become friends with some of the players, including quarterback Carson Wentz and tight end Zach Ertz.

As a Christmas gift, Trout bought every Nikes-wearing Eagles player a fresh pair of shoes, per Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer:

Berman notes how Trout became friends with Ertz and Wentz. Trout’s now-fiancee is a fan of Ertz and received a signed No. 86 jersey from him. They were in Arizona during the spring. The two athletes and their significant others went to dinner. Trout and Wentz met through Ertz. Trout and Wentz went hunting over the past weekend (ducks and geese, specifically, per Eliot Shorr-Parks).

Nationals release Joe Nathan and Matt Albers

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At the end of January, the Nationals signed relievers Joe Nathan and Matt Albers. Today the Nationals have released Joe Nathan and Matt Albers.

Nathan, 42, pitched in just ten games last year, totaling only six and a third innings, between the Giants and the Cubs. He missed the entire 2015 season except for one third of an inning on Opening Day. Albers pitched in 58 games for the White Sox last year, posting an unsightly 6.31 ERA He pitched wonderfully in 30 games in 2015 however.

This spring Nathan and Albers pitched in more games than any other Nats relievers. Twelve for Nathan, ten for Albers. And they pitched well, with Nathan giving up five earned runs and Albers none. Apparently, however, there just isn’t room on the roster for those two.

This could be the end of the line for Nathan, a 16-year veteran with 377 career saves.

Six-year old boy reports the Indians want to give Francisco Lindor a seven-year contract

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The substance of the report is not shocking. Francisco Lindor is one of baseball’s brightest young stars and the Cleveland Indians would, no doubt, wish to lock him up for an extended period of time. The surprising part is the guy who reported that, yes, the Indians are working to get Lindor a seven-year extension.

That guy: six-year-old Brody Chernoff, son of Indians general manager Mike Chernoff. Brody was invited into the team’s broadcast booth during the ninth inning of their game against the Chicago White Sox. Indians announcer Tom Hamilton asked, no doubt jokingly, if his working on anything interesting. Brody:

“He’s trying to get, um, Lindor to play for seven more years,”

Again, not shocking. It would’ve been way worse if Brody had said “Dad’s working on a three-way deal that’ll send Naquin to an NL team in order to affect a three-way trade that’ll land us Verlander without having to deal directly with a divisional rival.” But I imagine Dad still would’ve preferred he not mention that.

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